The type series was collected by Charles Kugler in a montane cafetal (coffee plantation). (Wilson 2003)
See the description in the nomenclature section.
Keys including this Species
Only known from the type locality.
Latitudinal Distribution Pattern
Latitudinal Range: 10.315406° to -16.991667°.
- Source: AntMaps
Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists
Distribution based on AntMaps
Distribution based on AntWeb specimens
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The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's Online Catalogue of the Ants of the World.
- venatrix. Pheidole venatrix Wilson, 2003: 247, figs. (s.w.) COLOMBIA.
Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.
A member of the diligens group similar in various characters to Pheidole coffeicola, Pheidole gagates, Pheidole hoelldobleri, Pheidole insipida, Pheidole peregrina, Pheidole spilota and Pheidole zelata, distinguished as follows.
Major: small “sharkfin” extension present on humerus in dorsal-oblique view; propodeal spines thin and one-third as long as the basal propodeal face; mesonotal convexity low and subangulate; posterior dorsal half of head in side view weakly concave; postpetiolar node spinose; rugoreticulum absent on head; carinulae of head extend most of the way past eye level to the occiput.
Minor: propodeal spine absent; mesonotal convexity in dorsal-oblique view with posterior face only; occiput narrowed with nuchal collar.
MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.94, HL 1.00, SL 0.50, EL 0.10, PW 0.46. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.56, SL 0.68, EL 0.08, PW 0.30.
COLOR Major: body and mandibles plain medium brown, other appendages yellowish brown.
Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.
COLOMBIA: Finca El Recreo, Bonda, Magdalena, 850 m, col. Charles Kugler. Museum of Comparative Zoology
L venatrix, huntress.
- Wilson, E. O. 2003. Pheidole in the New World: A dominant, hyperdiverse ant genus. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA. (page 247, fig. major, minor described)